6. JEF7REY HILDNER | ARCHITECT — Essays
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LEGACY LABYRINTH: GROKKING THE WORLD
"Great musicians are like great fighters. They have a higher sense of theory going on in their heads." ―Miles Davis
“The artist’s function is the mythologization of the environment and the world,” said Joseph Campbell, the renowned 20th-century scholar of comparative religion and comparative mythology. Thomas Jefferson gave 19th-century expression to Campbell’s ideal through the University of Virginia’s Academical Village.
Jefferson made the Labyrinth Legible
The golden threads of memory, myth, and art connect us through the ages and stages of recorded time . . . respun by every generation, these threads lead us safely into and out of the Labyrinth . . .
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“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
—Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)
AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT, PAINTER, AND WRITER JEF7REY HILDNER launched The Architect Painter Press in 2005 under the banner, “Live Brave.” The Architect Painter Press presents Hildner’s buildings, paintings, and insights—work that reflects his focus on the visible and invisible architecture of art and life.
Current titles range from Hildner's books VISUAL EF9ECTS / Architecture and the Chess Game of Form & Story, Daedalus 9, Henry Trucks — Painter, Picasso Lessons, and Garches 1234 to his books Metaphysical Warrior and Live Brave.
The Architect Painter Press also seeks to present the work of other artists and will soon take the first step toward that goal by publishing the paintings of Richard Rosa in the forthcoming book Field Games, for which Hildner wrote the Publisher's Foreword: "Book 9."
In addition to his eight books (through February 2021)—which doesn't include additional paperback books, the 64-page first edition and 68-page second edition of Henry Trucks — Painter, books that he created on the run-up to producing the definitive 150-page large format hardcover: casewrap and dust jacket—Hildner has created esteemed artwork (buildings and paintings) and crafted celebrated essays that appear in a wide array of venues beyond the pages of The Architect Painter Press. His list of outside publications tallies over 400 and runs the gamut—from The Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel, two magazines that he served for over nine years as senior editor, senior writer, and creative director, to Journal of Architectural Education, ANY, Oz, IMDb, Architecture New Jersey, Architectural Record, and Global Architecture Houses.
Hildner has also contributed significant essays to books by other authors. The book Architectural Formalism, by Hakan Anay, features a Turkish translation of Hildner’s essay “Formalism: Move | Meaning” (first published by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture then updated for the addendum in Visual Ef9ects), which appears alongside essays by distinguished theorists Rosalind Krauss, Peggy Deamer, Robert Slutzky, and Colin Rowe. The book Connective Tissues, by Peter Waldman, features Hildner's Epilogue, "Labyrinth R.U.N."
Actively involved in architectural education since 1989—his first gig was as a visiting critic for a graduate design studio at The University of Texas at Arlington—Hildner received, in 1993, while teaching full-time at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a "New Faculty Award" from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for excellence in teaching. He has variously lectured, conducted seminars on architectural theory, and led design studios at many universities—including University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Pratt Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design | The New School, and Syracuse University Florence, where he participated in the spring 2016 symposium on Formalism (code name: "The F Word"). His symposium presentation, "Visual Ef9ects," as well as his Syracuse University Florence follow-up lecture, "The House of the Human Face," form the basis for his book Visual Ef9ects.
Æ Ventures Foundation, New York City, awarded Hildner a generous grant in 2012 to support his endeavor as a painter. His artwork Ithaca Collage (40 x 40 in.) was displayed at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey, in their 2010 juried International "Art in Architecture" Exhibition. In 2012, he created the commissioned giclee-on-canvas Ithaca g aka Chess Lawn (1 x 1.85 m), a digital remix of his oil on canvas Ithaca (16 x 20 in.), for the offices of the Fujitsu Corporation in Hamburg, Germany. His project Dante | Telescope House won the 1995 New Jersey Chapter of The American Institute of Architects “Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Design.”
Hildner paints under the name Henry Trucks. He writes under the names Jeffrey Hildner, Madison Gray, Eliot Plum, and Michelangelo A. Roland Slate. Hildner’s one-word life theme—architecture—shapes his quest, his outlook, and his output, including his work as screenwriter and story architect. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where he also earned his master’s degree in architecture, he lives in Sacramento, California, where he dares not fly too close to the sun . . . but hopes to always . . .
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